Nicholaus Brock ’12 and fellow SLP students win Pacific’s 2012 Student Philanthropy Video

Congratulations to Nicholaus Brock ’12 and fellow SLP students for winning Pacific’s 2012 Student Philanthropy Video contest for “Fan Favorite”.  Pacific Fund launched the Student Philanthropy Video Contest looking for original videos, created by students, thanking our donors for their financial support to Pacific.  Nick and fellow SLP students created a video on their experience at the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association and how your support has contributed to their educational experience and success.  Join us in congratulation Nick and the students!


Students Host 2nd Annual Pharmacy Leadership Dinner

On March 2, 2012, the Academy of Student Pharmacists (ASP) hosted the 2nd Annual Pharmacy Leadership Dinner. ASUOP, donors and supporters funded this event where students enjoyed a four-course meal and networked with alumni and faculty in the DeRosa University Center.

Upon arrival, attendees gathered in the University Center lobby to mingle and enjoy hor d’oeuvres until dinner was ready to be served by Bon Appetit in the University Ballroom. After everyone was seated, Mary Claire Attebery, Etiquette Consultant Owner of “Beyond Please and Thank You”, began her lesson on proper dinner etiquette. Ms. Attebery provided handouts to attendees and guided them on proper etiquette throughout dinner. She began by discussing proper behavior and table settings then moved on to advise students on acceptable conversations over a business dinner, different styles of etiquette depending on culture, as well as how to order and eat food.

Overall, the Pharmacy Leadership Dinner provided students the chance to take a break from their busy studying schedules to meet and mingle with professionals in their career field and enjoy an etiquette dinner. Robneet Athwal ’14 expressed his appreciation for the event by saying, “the etiquette dinner was a great opportunity to network with the dean and alumni.” Antoinette Dinh ‘13, ASP ASUOP Pharmacy Senator and event organizer, was very excited about the dinner and wanted to “thank all the students for coming out to the event for three hours to join us and have fun.” By the end of the evening, over 60 attendees enjoyed a wonderful meal and are better prepared for their next business dinner.


Guest Blog – Dr. Cathy Peterson: Blind in the Bathroom

Everyday I walk from the house I’m renting to the College of Medicine. My neighborhood is safe to walk in during daylight hours and the guards and gardeners greet me as I pass by homes hidden from view by 8-foot high walls with glass shards or electrified razor wire adorning the tops. The guard’s job is to sit inside the locked gate ready to open it when the boss or madame (yes, I am a “madame” here and I cannot get used to that) approaches. But at 7am they are all standing outside the gates – kind of on break, I guess.

I thought I was seeing amazing diversity along my pathway to the College – men and women in business suits and dresses (women almost never wear slacks), barefoot people with huge loads on their heads, gardeners bent over at the waist “mowing” with machetes, children in school uniforms, SUVs, bicycles, pickup trucks, minivans packed to the gills, men and women selling cellular air time, men selling mops, women selling ears of corn and little bags of peanuts, and as I approach my destination, students and staff. There are very few fellow azungus (white people) and most people greet me with “Hello and how are you madame?”

Well, today I walked to the city center. Wow. It was about a 50-minute heat-soaked (too vivid?) walk from my house and I have never seen so many people walking to so many different destinations within such a small area. I left my house around 11am, and at noon on a Saturday, the central business district is the place to be. The city center is about 4 square blocks—all paved roads (though treacherous potholes abound both streets and sidewalks). There are 3 main roads: Victoria Avenue, Glyn Jones Road, and Haile Selassie Road. A key aspect of being on foot is quickly realizing that pedestrians are seen as too poor to have transportation and as such have no right of way. But there are strengths in numbers so I try to find people crossing my way…Oh, and no one looks behind when reversing – why should they? They are maneuvering something weighing well over a thousand pounds. People would be foolish not to get out of the way!

On a lovely Saturday the streets were filled with pedestrians – mostly adults with business to take care of: banking, tailoring, cooking, buying, selling, and begging. Many were sitting on the sidewalks with canes and crutches nearby. One man with flip-flops on his hands was using his arms to propel his upper torso over severely polio-deformed lower limbs – he was in front of me “walking” away and at the base of his pelvis I could see a foot with toes facing “due right.” He was getting around this moderately hilly and very inaccessible town remarkable well. I wondered what his life must be like and where he came from—not only today, but where was he born? In town? In a village? Where does he sleep? And in what position? Could he benefit from a wheelchair? I’m not sure. It’s unlikely he could use it in a town filled with huge potholes, uneven paved surfaces, deep trenches between the roads and the walkways, high thresholds, and stairs. But in the village…maybe.

When so many need so much I have to remind myself what I can do here as a visiting physio professor. Writing this blog today has helped me answer that – teach aspiring physios to ask questions about people like the man I observed. Once they begin to tackle individual’s needs, advocating for societal change (accessibility and other serious issues facing so many with physical impairments) will be a natural evolution of the impact physiotherapy will have in Malawi. I think one of the courses our curriculum committee is proposing will likely help promote this evolution: Health Promotion and Advocacy for Individual and Societal Change.

Lastly, a lizard update…they have been relatively few and far between this week. Oh, except the little one who shocked the daylights out of me as I blindly (very blindly but not THAT blind) opened my medicine cabinet one morning…GAH!

Pacific Alumni and Students Receive Honors and Recognition at Professional Meetings


Lawrence M. Brown ‘99, PharmD, PhD was named a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).

Jannet M. Carmichael ‘81, PharmD, FCCP, FAPhA, BCPS received the APhA Distinguished Federal Pharmacist Award in recognition of her vision of the expansion of the pharmacist’s role in health care, specifically in clinical practices in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Pharmacy Services.

Marlowe Fischer ’67 received the Honors of the Association Award at the 2012 California Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention.

Mike Pavlovich ‘89, PharmD received the APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management Distinguished Achievement Award in Specialized Pharmacy Practice in recognition of his significant contributions to specialized pharmacy practice, specifically in the areas of pharmaceutical compounding and pharmacist involvement in sports medicine.


Nicholaus Brock ’12 was recognized as Outstanding Student at the 2012 California Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention.

Lizette Lopez ’12 was recognized as Outstanding Speech-Language Pathology Assistant at the 2012 California Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention.

Seth Gomez ’13 Receives 2012 AACP Walmart Scholars Program Scholarship

Seth Gomez ’13 was recently named a recipient of the 2012 AACP Walmart Scholars Program. The program provides $1,000 travel scholarships to attend the AACP Annual Meeting and the AACP Teachers Seminar in Kissimmee, Florida from July 14-18, 2012.

The goal of this scholarship program is to strengthen the recipient’s skills and commitment to a career in academic pharmacy through participation in programming and activities at the 2012 AACP Annual Meeting and Seminars. Gomez, under faculty mentorship provided by Dr. Rajul Patel ’01, ‘06, was one of 75 recipients.

“My enthusiasm to pursue pharmacy academia has been growing significantly and this scholarship will build upon it. It will provide me with an opportunity to gain more skills and learn from those already successful in the profession. I am excited to be a part of this program with Dr. Patel as my mentor because I know this will be a valuable experience as it opens a new door into my future,” said Gomez.

Students Receive Regional Chapter of Distinction Award

Pacific’s California Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (CSHP) chapter, along with University of the California, San Diego and Western University, was recognized as the 2011 Regional Chapter of Distinction by CSHP. This is the first year student chapters were given the opportunity to apply for the award. The award was established to recognize chapters that show excellence in finance, business processes, membership growth, and member satisfaction.

“This recognition shows that Pacific students do stand for excellence in the professional community and that involvement in CSHP is one of the many ways they can be part of that,” said Tracy Joy King ’12, CSHP president.

As the largest CSHP student chapter, with 497 members, the CSHP executive board works hard to provide member satisfaction by organizing community outreach events and symposiums and establishing partnerships that offer unique opportunities for its members.

One of the most prominent events organized by the students is their Alliance Working for Antibiotic Resistance Education (AWARE) project. In an effort to decrease the overuse of antibiotics, this project is focused on educating the community on the use of antibiotics and differentiating between antibiotics targeted at viral and bacterial illnesses. Recently, the students were awarded a grant from the CSHP Board of Directors in the amount of $1,202.50 to help with the expansion of AWARE.

In addition, the students also participate in a variety of health fairs organized by student pharmacists throughout the year offering educational information on poison prevention, nonprescription medication, and health, safety, and appropriate use of medication therapy.

Pacific CSHP works closely with San Joaquin General Hospital to establish and maintain a partnership for their clinical internship program which offers internships to at least 10 students per year.

Throughout the year, symposiums are organized on campus to invite special guest speakers to campus to discuss pharmacy related topics such as emergency care. They also organize a residency panel made of young alumni who have participated in residencies to speak to students about their experiences.

At the national level, the students are participating in professional meetings and events. This year Pacific seated five student delegates at the 2011 CSHP Seminar making them the only student chapter to have full seating. The students also took home first place in the Quiz Bowl competition this year.

Every year in March, 25 student members are selected to participate in the annual CSHP Legislative Day that takes place at the State Capitol. There the students will be given an opportunity to meet with representatives and have a discussion about legislation affecting the healthcare profession. Ten student members will also be selected to participate in the health fair.

To learn more about Pacific’s CSHP chapter or how to get involved, visit



Pharmacy Students Host Inaugural Mentorship Day

On Wednesday, March 7, 2012, Pacific Outreach for Youth Services and Education (POYSE) hosted nearly 70 high school students, grades 9-12, from Bear Creek and Stagg High Schools for their inaugural Mentorship Day. High school students were given the opportunity to partner with one of 80 pharmacy students who served as mentors and shared their stories about pursuing higher education, becoming a leader in the profession, and making a difference in the community.

Overall, POYSE Mentorship Day was a success for both mentees and mentors alike. Lindsay Noriega ’13 who served as a mentor believed that the program made a positive impact. “Having the opportunity to speak with these students made me realize that I’m here at the School because at some point in my life someone made the kind of impact that encouraged me to continue my education. With this in mind, I can only say that the value of programs like this are absolutely priceless. I am so grateful that I was able to be there for someone just as I had someone there for me. The most touching part was when my mentee expressed to me that she feels like there are more possibilities out there for her after coming to this event,” she said.

POYSE is a brand new program under Pacific’s International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) and was created by Van Duong ’13 and Gina Stassinos ’13. Duong saw a lack of resources in the community to expose students to college and a lack of role models to help guide students in the right direction. Stassinos was seeking an opportunity to promote the pharmacy profession and using student pharmacists as a resource for healthcare. Duong and Stassinos decided to join forces to create POYSE.

After learning that POYSE did not receive grant funding from the Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership grant, Duong and Stassinos were not discouraged. They were committed to establishing a mentorship project and they were set on finding a way to make it happen. Soon they met with Dr. Nancy DeGuire ‘89 and shared their passion and goals for POYSE and she was able to offer them funding from the Flowers Heritage Foundation grant.

“Dr. DeGuire believed in us and supported our mission of going Beyond the Gates to give the Stockton youth an opportunity to learn more about higher education and the pharmacy profession. We are really grateful for that,” said Duong.

Like many new ideas, Duong and Stassinos were met with many challenges along the way. They needed to prove that they can serve as professional and reliable resources for high school students and that the materials they were presenting were appropriate and accurate.

In addition to meeting their mentors, the students also participated in workshops throughout the day.

“It’s important to have all our ducks in a row. The high school administrators were happy to meet with us to evaluate our materials and from there we were able to streamline the program a little more,” commented Stassinos.

On another note, they also received some positive feedback. Stagg High School was so impressed with POYSE, they created a student organization called College and Pacific Pathway to get students interested in participating in the program. With the huge support from Stagg’s administration, POYSE was able to present to an audience of more than 100 students.

Duong and Stassinos, along with IPSF members, are planning to make the next event bigger and better. In the future, they hope to collaborate with other programs and departments on campus to open the University’s doors to all of Stockton’s high schools.

“After planning for the event, having it happen was monumental,” said Duong. “We put in a lot of time and effort and we gave the program our best. I hope that we made a good impression on the high school students,” added Stassinos.

The purpose of POYSE is to promote youth interest in higher education, using pharmacy students as role models and mentors, and to provide high school students with information and advice on how to pursue and succeed in higher education as well as providing education on teen health issues.



Dr. Jason Bandy ’00

Dr. Jason Bandy ‘00 was recently appointed as Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Sacramento Regional Coordinator to the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Dr. Bandy earned his bachelor of science in chemistry from California State University, Fresno and his doctor of pharmacy at Pacific. He also completed a general practice residency at St. Joseph’s Medical Center.

Growing up in a small farming community in the Central Valley, Dr. Bandy helped on his family farm for many years, growing cotton, almonds, corn, and alfalfa. “Although, I respect my parents’ and grandparents’ decision to become farmers, I knew that job was not for me,” said Dr. Bandy. During his high school years, he spent time at his local pharmacies where he enjoyed his interaction with the employees and patients.

Prior to coming to Pacific, Dr. Bandy was an Ambulatory Care Senior Pharmacist at University of California, Davis Medical Center (UCDMC). His work in the anticoagulation, medication renewal, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia clinics also played a major role in introducing pharmacist-managed clinics to UCDMC. Dr. Bandy played an integral role in establishing the ambulatory care rotation site for Pacific’s Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience program.

“I’ve always believed that what you’ve learned in life should be shared with others. This concept has helped motivate me to be a preceptor for student pharmacists,” said Dr. Bandy.

Dr. Bandy believes that his experience in hospital, community, and clinical pharmacy have helped him better understand students’ and volunteer preceptors’ needs in various practice settings. In addition to his role at UCDMC, he also served as a staff inpatient pharmacist and clinical pharmacist at the San Joaquin General Hospital Asthma/COPD Clinic and worked in the community settings for Longs Drug Stores and Rx Relief.

He is highly involved with the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP), both at the local and state level. Dr. Bandy was named a fellow of CSHP in 2011.



Dr. Joseph Woelfel Receives Grant

Dr. Joseph Woelfel ’70, ’72, ’78 recently received the One Time Only Grant from the San Joaquin County Human Services Agency for the Falls Prevention and Pharmaceutical Clinics. The funding will help purchase screening tools such as a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) -waved diagnostic test system for hemoglobin analysis that will enable additional health screening parameters for patients served in the clinics and at healthcare outreach events.

“Receiving this grant recognizes Pacific’s dedication to servicing the needs of the community and the School as a valued member of the San Joaquin County public health continuum,” said Dr. Woelfel.

The clinics serve a number of patients throughout the year. Annually, the Falls Prevention Clinic serves over 600 patients, the Pharmaceutical Care Clinic serves over 400 patients, and the Asthma Clinic serves approximately 100 patients. Many of these services are also offered through the Medicare Part D outreach events and health fairs.

Pacific Wins 2nd Place in College Bowl

On March 24th 2012, the University of San Francisco, Sacramento Campus served as the setting for CAHL’s 4th Annual “College Bowl” competition.  The competition, featuring teams from schools in CAHL’s Higher Education Network (HEN), is fashioned after some popular TV quiz shows such as “Jeopardy” and “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”. Designed to sharpen and test the skills of each University’s Healthcare Management program students, and to create and build awareness of the mission of the California Association of Healthcare Leaders, this year’s event did just that and more!

This year’s competition pool was composed of graduate students from California State University, East Bay, University of San Francisco, University of the Pacific and undergraduate students from the University of California, Berkeley, California State University, Chico, and Fresno State. After a round robin tournament style bracket, and 15 match ups later, the University of California, Berkeley team made up of students Chu Fang “Phoebe” Tseng, Benfie Liu, and Zeyu Xu captured the first place finish, which includes a $750 cash prize for their program. Coming in a close second was UOP’s team made up of students Kristin Dang, Marianne Lewis, and Katrina Ordanza who also took home $250 for their program.

This year marks the third year that Pacific has taken home second place in the College Bowl Competition.

Guided by event Judges Roland Pickens, Siri Nelson, and Steve Gabelich and College Bowl Officials Ehren Hawkins and Darryl Curry, the 2012 College Bowl demonstrated the professional competitiveness, knowledge, and excitement of all the participants, as well as the camaraderie amongst all the participants and one day future colleagues. Fielding questions on the eleven healthcare leadership topics covered in the ACHE Board of Governor’s exam – Governance and Organizational Structure, Human Resources, Finance, Healthcare Technology and Information Management, Quality and Performance Improvement, Laws and Regulations, Professionalism and Ethics, Healthcare, Management, and Business – the event was a great way to sharpen and re-sharpen the skills in these wide ranging and important areas that healthcare executives face daily.

With Northern California Regent Jerry Maki and Past CAHL President Mark Lisa serving as the entertaining hosts for the day for an encouraging audience of family, friends, and ACHE members, the event was a success and was capped off with a great 2 hour networking session organized by CAHL’s Sacramento Local Programming Council members Kim Brown Sims and Michael Brokloff and the HEN’s Sara Birnbaum. The event provided a great learning and networking experience for all involved and provided exposure of the benefits of professional affiliation to all health care professionals and students. To see photos of the event and networking session – please click here.

Kin Lam: Making actions speak louder than words

“When your words match your actions, everything has substance and authority” is a quote Kin Lam ’13 lives by as an individual, a student, and a community member. Lam graduated from University of California, Davis with a bachelor of science in biological sciences and is currently in the doctor of pharmacy class of 2013 at Pacific. During his time at UC Davis, he completed an internship at Price Clinic and Medical Group in Sacramento where he shadowed a pharmacist. Although Lam was initially admitted to UC Davis as a pre-medical student and kept the grades he needed to choose any professional healthcare career, he was inspired by his internship to become a pharmacist.

Kin shows a student the art of boxing and how sports can contribute to healthy lifestyle.

“I saw how dedicated she was to her profession and the difference she was making in her patients’ lives. She was a busy pharmacist but she also had time to spend with her family and that’s important to me,” said Lam.

Last summer, Lam received the Mabel and Charles Dezzani Endowed Scholarship for his academic achievements. As a full-time student who juggles his academic workload and 10-hour work shift each week, Lam is grateful for the financial assistance the scholarship has provided him. He says it has allowed him to focus on school and get involved with projects he is passionate about.

Recently, Lam and 23 pharmacy students hosted a health fair/information session at West Valley Christian Academy in Tracy, CA for students in the third to fifth grade level. He encouraged his peers to create informative, interactive, and engaging presentations on health related topics such as heart rate and pulse. The principal was so impressed by the event she has invited Lam and the students to return.

“My hope is to organize this event in Stockton and get first year student pharmacists involved so they can continue to host this event in the future,” commented Lam.

Lam, along with Nader Tossoun ‘13 and Antoinette Dinh ’13, is currently working with the Gospel Center of Stockton to organize a similar event for the spring. He has been working hard to complete a template for this event so that his peers can integrate the event into their upcoming programs, if interested.

Born and raised in San Jose, Lam came to the Central Valley to pursue his higher education. Even though he was given the opportunity to return home to complete his Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) clerkship, he has chosen to remain in Stockton.

“I’ve really enjoyed Stockton. There are so many opportunities to make a positive impact in the community,” said Lam.

Lam enjoys being active, playing sports such as football, soccer, basketball, and is an avid boxing fan. While at UC Davis he received an amateur license to be a fighter for the UC Davis Boxing Club. During his leisure time, he also enjoys reading, watching movies, and most of all quality time with friends and family.



Pacific Physical Therapists Make Strong Contributions at APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting

Faculty, students, and alumni made a variety of strong contributions to the recent Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, which was held February 8-11 in Chicago, Illinois. This year’s event drew over 11,000 physical therapists from across the world for an extended weekend of educational sessions, research presentations, and professional advocacy events.

Dr. Katrin Mattern-Baxter presented a platform presention entitled, “Effects of home-based, intensive, short-term locomotor treadmill training on gross motor function in young children with cerebral palsy” Co-authors on the presentation included Stefani McNeil (Easter Seals Superior California) and Dr. Jim Mansoor (Physical Therapy). Dr. Baxter presented an education session entitled, “Evidence to Practice: Optimizing Walking Outcomes for Young Children with Neuromotor Impairment” with Dr. Denise Begnoche (Drexel University). Dr. Baxter also presented a poster entitled, “An exercise-based work injury prevention program reduces injury rates and costs in urban firefighters.” Co-authors on this project included a community clinician Mat Moore (Physical Edge in Davis, CA) and Dr. Todd Davenport (Physical Therapy).

Dr. Katie Graves ’03 presented the platform presentation entitled, “Development of a Decision Rule to Predict Unsuccessful Performance during a Final Clinical Internship of Student Physical Therapists.” Co-authors on the presentation were Dr. Sandy Bellamy (Physical Therapy) and Dr. Todd Davenport (Physical Therapy).

Dr. Christine R. Wilson coordinated and co-moderated the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section platform session as Research Chair of the Section.

Dr. Todd Davenport presented education sessions entitled “Ankle Instability: Current Concepts for Evaluation and Management” and “The ICF Model and Physical Therapy: 10 Years Later,” alongside co-presenters from organizations including World Health Organization, American Physical Therapy Association, and the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. Dr. Davenport presented the poster entitled “Effort Perception in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome” and platform presentation entitled “Reduced Submaximal Work Efficiency Differentiates Individuals with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome From Non-Disabled Individuals.” Co-authors on these projects included Dr. Chris Snell (Sport Sciences), Dr. Mark Van Ness (Sport Sciences), Staci Stevens (Pacific Fatigue Laboratory), Jared Stevens (Pacific Fatigue Laboratory), and Ben Larson (COP ’12). Dr. Davenport served on the External Review Committee for the Orthopaedic Section Clinical Research Grant Program. Dr. Davenport was appointed Vice-President of the Foot and Ankle Special Interest Group and as Advisory Board Member of the Clinical Practice Guideline Working Group.

Dr. Shiren Assaly ’11 presented the poster entitled, “Effectiveness of neuromuscular conditioning to prevent anterior cruciate ligament injuries in female athletes.” Co-authors on this project were Dr. Davenport (Physical Therapy) and Dr. Baxter (Physical Therapy).

Drs. Mary Massery ’04 and Ross Nakaji ’97 presented educational sessions. Dr. Massery presented the pre-conference course “Breathing and Postural Control: Applying Cardiopulmonary Strategies to Women’s Health Issues,” and Mr. Nakaji presented a session entitled, “The Future of Physical Therapy: Autonomy and Professionalism Through Evidence-Based Practice and Novel Business Models.”

Five Physical Therapy alumni were recognized as Board-Certified Clinical Specialists, including Dr. Victor Aguilar ’03 (Orthopaedics and Geriatrics), Dr. Cristian Romanof ’08 (Geriatrics), Dr. Rachel Lee ’05 (Neurology), Dr. Parley Anderson ’03 (Orthopaedics), and Dr. David Snyder ’00 (Orthopaedics).